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Media - Unlimited Opportunities

Launch of new Neutral websiteNEUTRAL magazine

Media and Film Studies students are vital to the production of our magazine NEUTRAL, a magazine that is anything but neutral in tone and content. NEUTRAL engages actively and creatively with contemporary media and culture.

Conceived by Media students and staff at York St John University in 2007, 'NEUTRAL' was part of a research and development project funded by the Faculty of Arts. The project created a fantastic space to publish ideas, articles, interviews, images and other forms of creative expression from a very wide range of contributors both inside and outside of the University. Fascinating and dynamic student work sits alongside articles by Faculty of Arts staff and collaborators. 

NEUTRAL encourages submissions from both inside and outside the University, from our current students and our graduates, on range contemporary debates in the arena of media, culture and the arts.

As part of the project students have worked with local graphics company LazenbyBrown to develop the brand identity of the magazine. They work with staff to write, re-write, commission articles and features for the magazine and for the NEUTRAL web platform. Looking for corporate sponsorship and organising the Opening Party Launch Night are all activities that help students to gain real life experience that they carry into their professional careers. Meeting with professionals working in the area of media development and events management also provide fresh insights into the professional demands of these industries.

 

International Experience: Media Geographies students visit Istanbul (March 2011) and Madrid (April 2012 & 2013)

As part of the faculty commitment to support high quality learning, Level 3 students on the 'Media Geographies' module undertake an intensive short study visit to an international city. In 2011 we partnered with Yeditepe University and their Faculty of Arts in Istanbul (Turkey) for a 5 day visit to explore how we negotiate and understand the idea and experience of a city through different perspectives.

In 2012 and in 2013, the University has linked with Syracuse Madrid in visits which explore the relationships between the Fine Arts scene and the tourist industry, architecture and ‘psycho-geography’ and pop cultural iconography and megacity culture.

 

Media Enterprise: Engaging with outside professionals

Level 2 Media students in the module 'Media Enterprise' are given a fantastic opportunity to work with some leading edge young professionals based in York and the region. In the past few years this has included project working with Dhyan Design a progressive and dynamic digital communications, social media and educational consultancy with an international portfolio. Bivouac and United By Design are two York based companies with an impressive client list working on a very wide variety of design/media projects that include print and interactive media. Staff from these companies share with students their knowledge and skills of working in the creative sector and provide students with opportunities to gain constructive feedback to project pitches prepared during the module.

Joint Honours Film Studies and Media Graduate Laura Reed is currently a freelance events organiser working with Rolls Royce. Laura says: 'Studying at York St John was a really amazing experience. The facilities were excellent with great teaching and study areas, as well as approachable teachers who go that extra mile and provide outstanding tutoring. It is also incredibly friendly and has a good social scene, which made it easy to be involved in various activities and clubs'.